July 31, 2015
Social Anxiety and Alcohol Abuse
I just listened to NPR's Fresh Air interview with Sarah Hepola, author of the memoir titled, Blackout: Remembering the Things I Drank to Forget. If you drink to be a more bold, brash, funnier, or sexier you, in other words, to quell social anxiety, then this could be a listen that helps you swerve off of the road to addiction (or a read that helps, but I haven't read the book yet so I can't recommend it). Important fact: Blackout refers to memory lapses due to excessive drinking. It does not mean passed out or unconscious. If your friend tells you how funny you were last night but you don't remember? You might have experienced a blackout. Unhealthy, yes. Dangerous? Could be.
Click here to listen to Fresh Air's Terry Gross interview the author.
--Sandy Andrews, PhD
Welcome. I'm Dr. Sandy Andrews, Ph.D., clinical psychologist in Austin, Texas. I specialize in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). My intent here is to share some of what I know about clinical psychology, CBT in particular, and perspectives gained from across the couch. If you think you might want to set up an appointment, please put the word "appt" in the subject of your email. Ask me about therapy sessions while trail walking. We can "walk it out" rather than be confined to sitting indoors. Insurance generally does not cover therapy outside the office, however.